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Free legal assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Ida
Yesterday I spent four hours bicycling around areas in the town that experienced significant flooding damage. When I do my "bike calls" I only stop to talk with people who are outside. I chatted with many people yesterday and was surprised that so many people who had storm damages did not yet file with FEMA or SBA. The last day to file is NOVEMBER 5. Don't forget! Others were not aware that they could appeal a FEMA decision. Finally, I met some residents on Warren/Florence who want to lifting up their homes. FEMA won't reimburse residents who do the work of lifting up their homes (to avoid future flood damage before they approved the plan. SO please wait.
Hope the following information is helpful.
SOME IMPORTANT STORM RELIEF UPDATES
If your home or property suffered damages from Hurricane Ida, we’ve gathered some essential information to assist you, as well as a team of volunteers to help Greenburgh residents.
You can find the latest updates on FEMA and other relief support on the town website linked here:
FILING WITH FEMA AND SBA
If you need financial assistance -- which includes either low-interest loans up to $200,000 from the Small Business Association (which are also for homeowners), grants up to $36,000 from FEMA, or some combo of both -- please note the filing deadline is NOV 5.
If you want to file in person, you can visit a Disaster Recovery Center in Yonkers or Mamaroneck. New operating hours for the DRCs begin Oct. 9. Hours will now be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Centers will be closed on Sundays.
· Yonkers Library, 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710 (ceases operations Oct. 15)
· Public Library, 136 Prospect Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543
You can also call FEMA to register for assistance at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, and operators can connect you to a specialist who speaks your language.
You can appeal FEMA decisions but must appeal within 60 days after receiving a decision. You can fax the appeal documents to 800-827-8112 or uploaded to your FEMA account.
The fastest way to file for aid is online at disasterassistance.gov.
To reach SBA for loans, individuals may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting SBA’s website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Please note that SBA loans offer a very low fixed interest rate of 1.5 % for the life of the loan (up to 30 years) with 18 months deferred payment, so do consider this option if it is offered to you. Some are asked by FEMA to apply first to SBA as a requisite to consideration for a FEMA grant.
The SBA has opened a Business Recovery Center in White Plains at the NY Power Authority Building, 125 Main Street, White Plains Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.
_Call United Way hotline at 211 for any other storm-related needs/issues.
_There is now free legal assistance available for people impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in New York: This service is being provided in partnership with the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other local organizations. Low-income individuals facing legal issues as a result of this disaster may call (888) 399-5459 for help, including:
· assistance securing government benefits as they are made available to disaster survivors
· assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
· help with home repair contracts and contractors.
· replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster
· consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process
· counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and
· counseling on landlord-tenant problems.
_Finally, Storm Relief Angels volunteers are ready to help assist you with filing your paperwork if you need additional support. Town Hall office hours start Wednesday, Oct 13th 10 am - 12 pm by appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.989.1540 if you would like this service.
PRESENTATION TO TOWN BOARD MEETING LAST TUESDAY BY FEMA AND SBA
Greenburgh Town Supervisor